Pat Healy has issued a statement apologizing for the positive marijuana test he reportedly incurred following UFC 159, which will rob him of what was likely the greatest victory in his career to date. The Strikeforce vet submitted perennial lightweight contender Jim Miller in the third round at the April 27th, card, which marked not only Healy’s first UFC bout in almost seven years, but was his seventh straight win.
According to a report fromMMA Weekly.com, Healy was quoted saying in the statement:
“I would like to start off by apologizing to the UFC, Jim Miller, the MMA community, it’s fans, my family, teammates and coaches for my positive testing for marijuana after my UFC 159 fight with Jim Miller.”
“I was fully aware of the UFC and State Commission’s drug policies and made poor life choices. I stand behind the UFC and the State Commission’s disciplinary actions. I support efforts to make MMA and sports a clean, safe and fair place to compete.”
“First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge and take responsibility for my mistake. I made a very poor choice to socially use marijuana and now I must face the consequences of that choice. I can assure you that I will do everything the UFC and State Commission asks of me and beyond. I will also make a conscious effort to be a better role model within the MMA community.”
Iridium Sports Agency, who represents the fighter, has also confirmed that Healy has been suspended for 90 days as a result of the test and that his win at UFC 159 has been overturned to a no-contest.
The New Jersey Athletic Control Board has a policy of not releasing the names of fighter’s who have tested positive for a banned substance.
It’s an unfortunate conclusion for a bout that marked not only a huge win for Healy, but was a thriller and received “Fight of the Night” honors.
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